[ ir-i-pres-uh-buhl ]
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  1. incapable of being repressed or restrained; uncontrollable: irrepressible laughter.

Origin of irrepressible

First recorded in 1805–15; ir-2 + repressible

Other words from irrepressible

  • ir·re·press·i·bil·i·ty, ir·re·press·i·ble·ness, noun
  • ir·re·press·i·bly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use irrepressible in a sentence

  • With an almost superhuman effort Molly controlled her face and choked back the laughter that bubbled up irrepressibly.

  • And that irrepressibly ribald organ, the New York Beam, could not forbear its customary jocular sport.

    Turns about Town | Robert Cortes Holliday
  • Old Mrs. Forrester, with her juvenile auburn head, laughed irrepressibly while she clapped, like a happy child.

    Tante | Anne Douglas Sedgwick
  • Irrepressibly gay, impish, it seemed as if he vented all of the stored up boyishness in him, spilled it in one heaping measure.

    Terry | Charles Goff Thomson

British Dictionary definitions for irrepressible


/ (ˌɪrɪˈprɛsəbəl) /

  1. not capable of being repressed, controlled, or restrained

Derived forms of irrepressible

  • irrepressibility or irrepressibleness, noun
  • irrepressibly, adverb

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